October 3, 2018

Young Boy Exposed to Graphic Content on Airplane

One of our supporters just called me to tell me of an incidence on her Delta flight. She was seated in an aisle seat next to a 13-year-old boy who was traveling alone.  In the window seat was a man watching a Delta supplied movie with sexually graphic scenes. The boy’s eyes couldn’t avoid the scenes.  Our supporter was so concerned that she got up from her seat and went to the front of the plane to urge the stewardess to help the boy but was told nothing could be done!
This outrages me, as I hope it does you. We’ve had previous success getting airlines to improve policies against pornographic content, but between enforcement, consistency with movie editing, and better protection against sexual harassment there is much more work that needs to be done.
Airlines are chronically ill-prepared to address the growing problem of pornography on airplanes and the ensuing culture of sexual harassment that this fosters. As we see pornography and sexual harassment increase on planes, it’s tragic to also see the FBI reported a 66% increase in full-fledged sexual assaults on planes in the past few years
We have an aggressive campaign beginning against these airlines – already we’ve reached out to their corporate executives and have met with other organizations about ways to join forces to pressure these companies to do the right thing.

Dawn Hawkins

Senior Vice President & Executive Director

Dawn Hawkins is a passionate abolitionist and defender of human rights who has dedicated her life to fighting against societal harms that threaten the dignity of others. Her energy, creativity and mobilization skills have revived the anti-pornography movement and her intentional emphasis on the intersectionality of forms of sexual exploitation has proven a unique and effective strategy for curbing them.

 

As Sr. Vice President and Executive Director of the National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE), Mrs. Hawkins has developed a global strategy uniting more than 300 women’s rights, conservative, child advocacy, medical professionals, law enforcement, and religious groups, including a bipartisan political leadership, to work together in raising awareness of the connections between all forms of sexual exploitation. Her initiatives have lead to sweeping policy changes of policies that foster exploitation for targets such as Google, Hilton Worldwide, Comcast, Walmart, and the Department of Defense. Through her leadership, NCOSE has grown a network reaching hundreds of thousands of people all over the world. Mrs. Hawkins has appeared on many local and national television programs, including Fox & Friends, CNN and Good Morning America. She regularly authors articles and speaks around the country addressing the public health harms of pornography, curbing demand for sex trafficking, protecting children and families in our digital world, and more.

 

Dawn regularly volunteers for organizations devoted to helping children and refugees. She is a graduate of Tufts University and currently resides with her husband and three children in Virginia.

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